The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has set up an operational taskforce to check the smuggling of uncustomed goods and vehicles into the country. GRA says it will deploy hand devices installed with GCMS vehicle database to support such operations to ensure that all vehicles were properly entered with right duties and this will include the authenticating the genuineness of the Chassis number of vehicles.
The Command would also improve on controls of the bonded warehouses and free zone companies to ensure compliance.
The taskforce, according to the Customs Division of the GRA,will randomly stop vehicles on some selected roads to verify their genuine entry or otherwise and check whether import duties were paid.
Under the ECOWAS Protocol, to which Ghana is a signatory, member countries were permitted to temporarily cross over to other member countries with their vehicles for temporary use for a period of two weeks, to 90 days.
This the GRA believes is being abused for selfish gains denying the country of revenue.
The operational task force forms part of strategies deployed to achieve the revenue target of GH?895,470,000.00 projected in 2019.